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Uber Elevate Summit 2017

Thank you, Dallas!

What an amazing turnout.

The 2017 Elevate Summit was an information-packed three days with 72 industry-leading experts speaking on topics from the Elevate mission, detail about Uber's role in the ecosystem, opportunities and areas of collaboration within the community, and laying out a vision for the path towards initial urban eVTOL operations.

We would like to thank everyone -- from the attendees, the Leaders in vehicle manufacturing, regulatory bodies, venture capital, and aviation technology -- for sharing their plans, their research and their passion for this aspect of the next frontier in urban transport.

The Elevate journey has just begun, and we're excited to embark on this together.

  • The Uber Elevate Team

Join us for the 2018 Uber Elevate Summit in Los Angeles!

April 25, Tuesday

Jeff will articulate Uber’s vision for the future of Urban Air Mobility and Uber’s planned role in the eVTOL ecosystem including newly formed collaborations with cities, vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, and infrastructure development partners.

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Jeff Holden
Chief Product Officer
Uber
Nikhil Goel
Head of Product - Advanced Programs
Uber

Ross Perot, Jr. serves as Chairman of The Perot Group, which manages the various Perot family interests that include real estate, oil and gas and financial investments. In addition, Mr. Perot is Chairman of Hillwood, one of the top ten private real estate developers in the United States which is recognized for its high-profile projects and public-private ventures. A native of Dallas, Mr. Perot earned his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and, after graduating, he completed the first helicopter flight around the world in 1982. His helicopter, The Spirit of Texas, is on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. He also spent 8 years in the United States Air Force, earning certification as an F-4 pilot.

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Ross Perot, Jr
Chairman
The Perot Group

Paulo Cesar Silva has been the CEO of Embraer S.A. since July 2016, leading a global organization headquartered in Brazil, with businesses in commercial and executive aviation as well as in defense and security. Mr. Silva joined Embraer in 1997 as Vice President for customer financing. In 2010, he was appointed President & CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, position he held until June of this year. Under his tenure, the company has expanded its footprint in commercial aviation, consolidating its leadership in the segment with up to 130 seats. For more than two decades, he worked in financial institutions in Brazil, Europe, and the United States. Mr. Silva holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Mackenzie University (São Paulo, Brazil) and a Finance MBA from the University of Lausanne, in Switzerland.

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Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva
CEO
Embraer

John S. Langford is the Chairman and CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, which he founded in 1989. Langford is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Bachelors degree in Aeronautics (1979), Masters in Aeronautics & Astronautics (1984), Masters in Defense Policy (1983) and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Public Policy (1987) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to Aurora, Langford worked for the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia.

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John Langford
CEO
Aurora Flight Sciences

Michael Thacker was named Executive Vice President for Technology and Innovation in February 2017 and is a member of Bell Helicopter’s Executive Leadership Team. In his current role, Michael is responsible for leading Bell Helicopter’s core engineering team and providing strategic direction for designing, developing and integrating technologies for use in Bell Helicopter’s current and next generation products.

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Michael Thacker
EVP
Bell Helicopter

Mr. Ivo Boscarol is the founder, CEO and co-owner of Pipistrel Group companies. As the first private aircraft producer in the Balkans area he set the aviation standards for Microlight class on the global scale in the early eighties. His company claimed many awards such as European Business Award for the most innovative company in EU in 2010, two consecutive victories at the NASA; while Pipistrel aircraft won the World Champion title and still hold 11 world records. Pipistrel has been the producer of world’s most energy-efficient light aircraft and one of the pioneers of electric propulsion for more than 15 years. In 2007 Ivo and his team made the world's first fully electric 2-seat aircraft, the Taurus Electro. In 2011 the Taurus G4, world's first electric 4-seat aircraft, won the NASA Challenge for the third time. In 2014 Pipistrel released the first serially produced electric trainer in the world, the Alpha Electro; the first 4-seat hybrid propulsion aircraft and the first 4-seat aircraft powered by hydrogen fuel cells in 2016.

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Ivo Boscarol
CEO
Pipistrel

Trish Gilbert has served as the National Air Traffic Controllers Association's seventh executive vice president since she was elected in September 2009. In March 2012, Gilbert was re-elected by acclamation to a second three-year term. In March 2015, Gilbert was re-elected, again by acclamation, to serve a third, three-year term. Gilbert is the first in NATCA's history to serve three terms as executive vice president.

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Trish Gilbert
Exec. Vice President
National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Mayor Mike Rawlings has spent most of his career in the private sector, but public service has long been important to him - serving as the Chair of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau (VisitDallas), the city's Homeless Czar and president of the Park Board. He was elected as the 61st Mayor of Dallas in 2011 and was re-elected for a second term in 2015. During his time in office, he has focused on spurring economic development in southern Dallas, improving public education, combatting poverty, revitalizing Fair Park, developing the Trinity River corridor, elevating the city's international profile and turning our city into a top destination for artists.

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Mike Rawlings
Mayor
Dallas

Uber is collaborating with experts who are aggressively breaking down the barriers to on-demand, urban aviation. Moderated by author Richard Whittle, hear from leaders in Community Acceptance, Infrastructure, Airspace, Noise, Operations, Battery & Charging, and Certification & Policy. Panel followed by audience Q&A.

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Richard Whittle
Author
Rob Wiesenthal
CEO
BLADE
Pat Romano
President & CEO
ChargePoint
Greg Bowles
Vice President of Global Innovation and Policy
GAMA
Rex J. Alexander
Senior Consultant & Co-Founder
HeliExperts
David Josephson
Noise & Acoustics Consultant
Josephson Engineering
Parimal Kopardekar
Senior Technologist for Air Transportation System
NASA

Matt Mead, Wyoming's 32nd Governor, took office in January 2011 and is serving his second term. He was born and raised in Jackson. After earning a law degree from the University of Wyoming, he served as a prosecutor, practiced in a private firm and served as U.S. Attorney. He maintains a farm and ranch business with his wife Carol in southeast Wyoming.

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Matt Mead
Governor
Wyoming
Jeff Holden
Chief Product Officer
Uber
Dan Dockstader
Senator
Wyoming

Mark Beyer is the Chief Engineer for new product development at Mooney International Corporation. Mark joined Mooney in February 2017 to be a part of Mooney’s resurgence in general aviation. Mark previously served as Engineering Manager of Flight Sciences at The Spaceship Company supporting development of the SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo space system. Mark has supported many development and certification projects including the Vison Jet at Cirrus, the BD2 Airship for the Air Force, the Cessna Caravan, Citation Jet, Citation X, and other aircraft development programs.

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Mark Beyer
Chief Engineer for New Product Development
Mooney International Corporation

Dr. Jaiwon Shin is the NASA Associate Administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. In this position, he manages the agency's aeronautics research portfolio and guides its strategic direction. This portfolio includes research in the fundamental aeronautics of flight, aviation safety and the nation's airspace system.

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Dr. Jaiwon Shin
Associate Adminstrator
NASA

Uber is excited about a number of eVTOL companies working towards vehicle concepts which satisfies its mission requirements. Moderated by Uber's director of aviation engineering Mark Moore, hear from leaders from Bell Helicopter, Aurora Flight Systems, Airbus, Pipistrel, Lilium, and several more TBA. Panel followed by audience Q&A.

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View Slides - Mark Moore , Antonio Campello , Diana Siegel , Tine Tomažič, Jay Carter , Daniel Wiegand , Arne Stoschek

Mark Moore
Director of Engineering - Aviation
Uber
Scott Drennan
Director - Engineering Innovation
Bell Helicopter
Antonio Campello
Vice President – Corporate Innovation
Embraer
Diana Siegel
Program Manager for eVTOL Aircraft
Aurora Flight Sciences
Tine Tomažič, PhD
Director of R&D
Pipistrel
Jay Carter
President & CEO
Carter Aviation Technologies
Daniel Wiegand
Co-Founder & CEO
Lilium Aviation
Arne Stoschek
Head of Autonomous Systems
Airbus A3

Steven Udvar-Hazy is responsible for the evaluation, selection and purchasing of modern jet aircraft for Aviation Capital Group, one of the largest aircraft lessors. He also oversees the company’s commercial relationships with airline customers in Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America. Steven plays an active role with the major airframe and engine manufacturers in new product design, including involvement in numerous advisory boards and working groups focused on next generation aircraft and engines. In 2016, Steven was recognized as one of the top 40 individuals under 40 years of age in the commercial aviation industry by Airline Economics. Steven holds BA and MBA degrees from Stanford University and is a certified commercial pilot with a type-rating on the Boeing 737.

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Steven Udvar-Hazy
Vice President of Market Development
Aviation Capital Group

A number of prominent investors have formed compelling investment theses around eVTOL and are putting money into the ecosystem. Moderated by Uber’s vice president of corporate development Cameron Poetzscher, hear from VCs at Starburst Accelerator and Fund, Atomico, Eclipse VC, Lux Capital, and Linse Capital. Panel followed by audience Q&A.

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Cameron Poetzcher
Vice President of Corporate Development
Uber
François Choppard
Founder & CEO
Starburst Aerospace Accelerator
Alexander Asseily
Entrepreneur Partner (fmr Jawbone co-founder)
Atomico
Bilal Zuberi
Partner
Lux Capital
Michael Linse
Founder and Managing Director
Linse Capital
Steven Udvar-Hazy
Vice President of Market Development
Aviation Capital Group

Akshay BD is a founding member of the Uber India team. He formerly led Uber's public policy team in India and now heads up all policy efforts for Uber Elevate.

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Akshay BD
Head of Policy, Uber Elevate
Uber

Sponsored by Linse Capital

April 26, Wednesday
9:00 am
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Grand Hall
eVTOL Stored Energy Overview

Provide analysis of energy storage and charging needs to achieve urban aircraft feasibility across eVTOL concept approaches. Review battery trends for electric aircraft, including general forecasts and promising technology directions.

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Rob McDonald, PhD
Professor
California Polytechnic State University
Brian German, PhD
Associate Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology
10:15 am
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Grand Hall
Advanced Rapid Chargers, BMS, and Batteries

The development of rapid battery chargers and next generation batteries provides a pathway to eVTOL energy needs over the next 5 years. Specific company efforts highlighting their unique approaches are discussed in comparison to eVTOL energy needs.

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View Slides - Dave Baxter , Nick Sherstyuk, Qichao Hu, David Eaglesham, Steve Visco

Mark Moore
Director of Engineering - Aviation
Uber
Dave Baxter
Co-Founder and Vice President, Hardware Engineering
ChargePoint
Nick Sherstyuk
Chief Technology Officer
GBatteries
Qichao Hu
Founder & CEO
SolidEnergy
David Eaglesham
CEO
Pellion Technologies
Steve Visco
Chief Technology Officer
PolyPlus
9:00 am
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Frisco Rooms
eVTOL Community Noise Overview

Review helicopter community acoustic acceptance and requirements for significantly quieter eVTOLs. Basics of virtual noise (sound-triggered aversion to aircraft) and FAA/DoT/National Parks methods to predict impact of aircraft on public acceptance. Examples of existing and developmental eVTOLs in soundscape background.

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View Slides - David Josephson , John Leverton , Juliet Page

David Josephson
Noise & Acoustics Consultant
Josephson Engineering
John Leverton
CEO
Leverton Associates
Juliet Page
Physical Scientist at Volpe
The National Transportation Systems Center
10:15 am
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Frisco Rooms
Noise Solutions, Tools and Future Path

Tools for driving eVTOL development and operation for minimum neighborhood acoustic impact. Real-time visualization of noise footprint, and physics-based prediction of actual sound character of new aircraft, at ground level. New physiology-based metrics for loudness. Noise budget based on actual background sounds to optimize operations for minimal noise added to community background. Examples of results with new low noise motor and propeller designs.

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View Slides - Juliet Page, David Josephson , Steve Rizzi , Josef Schlittenlacher , Olaf Otto

Juliet Page
Physical Scientist at Volpe
The National Transportation Systems Center
David Josephson
Noise & Acoustics Consultant
Josephson Engineering
Steve Rizzi
Senior Researcher for Aeroacoustics
NASA Langley Research Center
Josef Schlittenlacher
Research Associate, Auditory Perception Group, Department of Psychology
Cambridge University
Olaf Otto
Head of Sales and Business Development eAircraft
Siemens AG
1:00 pm
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Grand Hall
Vertiport Infrastructure Development

Current Heliport infrastructure and FAA guidelines provide a starting point for the evolution of future Vertiports and Vertistops and their standards. Requirements and example infrastructure designs across specific city integration locations are showcased to maximize safety and capacity throughput. Future standards development efforts are outlined to accommodate eVTOL characteristic differences.

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Rex J. Alexander
Senior Consultant & Co-Founder
HeliExperts
Ray Syms
Managing Member & Co-Founder
HeliExperts
John Badalamenti
Head of Design - Advanced Programs
Uber
2:00 pm
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Grand Hall
Urban VTOL Network Optimization and Demand Modeling Across Early Adopter Cities

Uber is uniquely positioned to accurately forecast trip demand, perform VTOL network optimization, and determine system dynamics for VTOL and a network of vertiports. See how this comes to life in a new tool we’re building, responding to the unknowns of vehicle specification and infrastructure need.

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View Slides - John Badalementi , Jon Petersen , David Cuneo

John Badalementi
John Badalementi
Uber
Jon Petersen
Head of Data Science - Advanced Programs
Uber
David Cuneo
Associate Director
SDG
1:00 pm
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Frisco Room
Panel:Synergistic e-VTOL Market Opportunities

Achieving a robust market environment requires establishing diverse market opportunities for aircraft developers. Similar aircraft requirement sets are in development for cargo delivery across commercial and military missions.

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View Slides - Jon Rimanelli , Gene Kim , Tian Yu , Jeremy Gottshall

Ashish Bagai
Program Manager, DARPA
DARPA / TTO
Jon Rimanelli
CEO
Detroit Aircraft Production
Gene Kim
Senior Director Flight Dispatch
Southwest Airlines
2:00 pm
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Frisco Room
Panel:FAA-NASA-Academia Perspectives on Urban eVTOL Technologies

Independent perspectives are shared concerning the technology and certification gaps that currently exist for the eVTOL market. Research and development needs are prioritized to address the market needs.

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View Slides - Bruce Holmes , Wes Ryan , Sean Clarke , John Hansman

Earl Lawrence
Director, Office of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration
Federal Aviation Administration
Bruce Holmes
Vice President, Digital Aviation
SmartSky Networks
Douglas Stanley
President
President
Wes Ryan
Small Airplane Directorate
Federal Aviation Administration
Sean Clarke
Senior Research Systems Development Engineer
NASA Armstrong
John Hansman
Director, MIT International Center for Air Transportation
MIT

Urban eVTOL aircraft will push towards achieving better than auto-like safety through single pilot operations that gradually transition to fully autonomous flight. Autonomy needs are decomposed with a Q&A sharing perspectives of the anticipated capability evolution.

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View Slides - Ken Goodrich , Sanjiv Singh , Sebastian Scherer , Greg Bowles , Danette Allen

Ken Goodrich
Research Engineer
NASA Langley Research Center
Sanjiv Singh
CEO
Near Earth Autonomy
Sebastian Scherer
Systems Scientist
Carnegie Mellon
Greg Bowles
Vice President of Global Innovation and Policy
GAMA
Danette Allen
Senior Technologist (ST) for Intelligent Flight Systems and the Head of the Autonomy Incubator
NASA

Development of procedures to fly eVTOL to and around busy airports, in stages beginning with current helicopter visual flight rules. Collaboration with airport operators, FAA Tower managers and controllers to assure safe separation from existing air traffic within existing FAA requirements and procedures. Define current limits, and research program to facilitate much higher traffic levels with assured navigation performance and monitoring, including new methods for Perspectives from FAA and NATCA.

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View Slides - Parimal Kopardekar , Ken Durham, Eric Mueller , Geme Gelgelu

Parimal Kopardekar
Senior Technologist for Air Transportation System
NASA
Mark Evans
Senior Analyst
Mark E. Evans Consulting
Ken Durham
CEO
Durham Air Traffic Consulting
Steve Weidner
Unmanned Air Systems Representative
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Eric Mueller
Aerospace Engineer
NASA Ames Research Center
Geme Gelgelu
Acting Manager for Airspace and Rules Team
Federal Aviation Administration

Jeff Holden is Uber's Chief Product Officer (since early 2014), where he focuses on future disruption threats and relevant paradigm shifts. Jeff founded the Advanced Technology Group that developed Uber’s self-driving technology and is currently building Uber Elevate, Uber’s AI Lab, and other future-forward initiatives. Prior to Uber, he was the Senior Vice President of Product Management at Groupon (2011-2014), and before Groupon, Jeff was the co-founder and CEO of Pelago (2006-2011). Previous to this, Jeff was at Amazon.com (1997-2006). For the latter half of his tenure there, he was SVP of Consumer Applications, Worldwide. One of his proudest accomplishments during this period was leading the development of Amazon Prime.

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Jeff Holden
Chief Product Officer
Uber
April 27, Thursday
Pete Bunce
President & CEO
GAMA
Greg Bowles
Vice President of Global Innovation and Policy
GAMA
Lowell Foster
Flight Test Engineer at FAA Small Airplane Certification
FAA
Steve Thompson
Aerospace Engineer
FAA

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